Gunners should be confident after drawing Porto in CL

By Avenell Dave and Graham McNorthbank

So the Champions League draw has been made and Arsenal face Porto in the first knockout round of the competition.

It's the best draw that we could have hoped for really.

Our record against Porto is pretty good having destroyed the Portuguese champions 4-0 at the Emirates Stadium last season before fielding a B-side in the return leg when Arsene Wenger knew we had qualified, allowing our opponents to record a 2-0 win over the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger has made much of the fact that playing the second leg at home provides some significant advantage and the fact that the ties don't come until late February and early March at least gives us some chance of getting players back from injury.

It seems clear that the Champions League is the holy grail for Wenger and after coming close in 2006 and reaching the semi finals last season, he knows we're not far off being good enough.

The question is, will he spend some of the £30m profit he made in the summer on the sale of Kolo Toure and Manu Ad*b*y-whore, not to mention the reported £12m bonus that comes with qualifying for the knockout stages.

Le Boss, we need a couple of players to bolster the squad, provide some experience and quality and allow us to cope and compete on all fronts.

We need to anticipate the potential for injuries and suspensions rather than lament them when they arrive.

The final is at the Bernabeu, home or Real Madrid and is played on a Saturday this year, for the first time.

Come on Arsenal!